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India reports over 600 Covid deaths, 103 in MaharashtraNEW DELHI: Maharashtra recorded more than 100 deaths from Covid-19 on Friday while the toll in Kerala was over 90 as daily fatalities from the virus in India crossed 600 for the first time during the current wave of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, fresh cases of the coronavirus continued to fall, indicating that the third wave may have peaked in the country, although testing remained lower than the previous week’s numbers. India reported 2,35,396 new cases on Friday, the lowest in 11 days, with data from one state awaited.

However, the number of recent deaths reported on Friday rose to 602. This was the highest toll reported on any day in more than five months since August 25 last year, when 603 fatalities were recorded. It was also the third time in the last four days that more than 500 deaths were reported in the country.

Maharashtra became the first state during the current pandemic surge to report more than 100 deaths in a day. The state recorded 103 fatalities on Friday, the highest since September 1 last year, with the Pune circle (comprising several districts) reporting 40 deaths and the Mumbai circle 30. There were 10 fatalities in Mumbai city.

Maharashtra has so far recorded 935 Covid deaths this month, the highest in the country, followed by Kerala (895), Bengal (751), Tamil Nadu (684) and Delhi (662).

Kerala on Friday reported 94 deaths (including fatalities in the past few days), besides 258 old deaths declared following appeals as per the Centre’s and SC’s guidelines. Karnataka reported 50 deaths, the second highest single-day toll in the current wave.

Meanwhile, three other states reported their highest daily toll of the third wave — Gujarat, with 30 deaths on Friday, Goa (20) and Haryana (19). Assam (21), Andhra Pradesh (12), Meghalaya (6) and Puducherry (5) equalled their highest single-day tolls of this month.

Delhi reported 25 new deaths, the lowest in 11 days.

Except Kerala, which reported 54,537 fresh Covid cases on Friday, the daily case numbers fell in most big states. Maharashtra logged 24,948 cases, the lowest since January 4, while Karnataka’s tally fell sharply from 38,083 on Thursday to 31,198.

Nine days after active cases in India had crossed 20 lakh, the number fell below that mark again on Friday as recoveries from the infection outnumbered fresh cases for the fifth day running as infections start to plateau in the country.